Camping Recipe for the World’s Best Chili!

If you’re looking for the world’s best chili recipe, you’ve come to the right place! This camping recipe is perfect for late summer nights, and it’s incredibly easy to throw together – even easier with a bit of pre-assembly before you hit the road in your new or used RV.

Camp Recipe

Camp Chili

Make-ahead seasoning:

  • 3 Tbs chilipowder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • Dash of cayenne pepper

Preassembly tip: combine these seasonings together ahead of time and store in a small food storage bag. When it’s time to make the chili, dump it all in together! If you want to kick up the heat a bit, increase the cumin, chili powder, and cayenne pepper.

Fresh ingredients:

  • 2 pounds fresh ground beef
  • 1 medium-large onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1/4 cup diced green bell pepper

Preassembly tip: brown the ground beef with onion, celery, and bell pepper until the beef is brown and the veggies are tender. Drain off the fat and place the mixture in a gallon size food storage bag. Freeze until ready to use!

Pantry ingredients:

  • 1 quart tomato juice
  • 1 (29-ounce) can tomato purée
  • 1 (15-ounce) can red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, drained


In a 6 quart pot or slow cooker, combine the beef and veggie mixture, seasoning mixture, and remaining canned goods (tomato puree, juice, and beans) and stir well to combine. Simmer on low for at least 2 hours (or low heat in slow cooker for 4-6 hours), stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Enjoy with your choice of chili toppings like shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, corn chips, or saltine crackers.

This camping recipe for chili is so easy to throw together, and it’s delicious as a hearty meal at the end of a long, fun day. We’d love to help you pick out the perfect new or used RV that delivers the best vacations and makes meal time while on the road fast and easy. Contact us today!

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